Lambert baggage charged with spending almost $1,000 on flyer's credit card

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by Jasmine Huda / News 4 | @jhuda

KMOV.com

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 12 at 9:08 AM

(KMOV) – A woman spent almost $1,000 on a credit card police say she stole from a customer needing help at the airport.

Camelia Burton, 27, was contracted to do work for American Airlines when police say she admitted to stealing a 70-year-old woman’s credit card as she checked in her bags at Lambert International Airport.

Airport Police Chief Paul Mason said she even told the customer that she had indeed given back the credit card. Police say she racked up about $1,000 in charges before the card was declined at the Jennings Target.

Security cameras caught Brown in the act attempting to use the stolen credit card.

“They'll say anything to try to minimize their responsibility. She said, 'I thought it was a gift card. And since she kept dropping it, I figured I'd just keep,” said Chief Mason. “And she *obviously* knew it was a credit card, because she had processed the lady to charge for her baggage.”

Twelve cases were reported last month at the airport.

"When you consider the number of people that go through this building, theft is not a major problem here,” Chief Mason said.

They say more than 12 million people come through there each year but some passengers say they won’t take their chances.

Passenger James Tuggle said, "I pay cash when I check in my luggage.” 

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